For those physicians who are using an eClinicalWorks (eCW) EHR in their practice, an announcement was sent out by eCW regarding the need to update your EHRs as a matter of patient safety. Just like the software you use on your personal computers or mobile devices, occasionally EHR updates are required.
If you have not done so lately, check your EHR version number against your vendor's most recent software update. If you are unsure of your version number, check with your EHR vendor. Any physician experiencing safety issues or unexpected software functions should notify their EHR vendor.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has also created a website where you can report EHR safety issues. More information on eCW's announcement can be found on the eClinicalWorks website. The ONC's website offers a chance to share your health IT concerns or complaints.